Definition of spinal in English:



  • 1Relating to the spine.

    ‘spinal injuries’
    • ‘We agree with Coats and Davies that we still do not know if this is a beneficial procedure even in patients with known or high suspicion of spinal injury.’
    • ‘Sledging accidents in Britain cause a multitude of injuries, including spinal trauma.’
    • ‘In the next part, the abundant spinal veins in the subarachnoid space are also retained.’
    • ‘I met Dave in 1992, when we were both inpatients at a spinal injuries unit.’
    • ‘I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine which holds in spinal fluid.’
    • ‘The posterior inferior cerebellar artery may provide the posterior spinal artery.’
    • ‘This topic also encompasses tumors that involve the spinal cord and spinal nerves.’
    • ‘This arrangement has consequences for the effects of spinal injury at different vertebral levels.’
    • ‘No spinal injury or related neurological deficit was ever detected in this patient, either before or after death.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider places a lumbar spinal drain to control intracranial pressure.’
    • ‘The mechanism of most spinal cord injuries is spinal fracture or dislocation.’
    • ‘They are attached to the cranial or spinal meninges and usually present as a single mass.’
    • ‘He had no spinal injury, and the results from magnetic resonance imaging were normal.’
    • ‘He had particular interests in spinal and hip joint surgery and in hand surgery.’
    • ‘The immediate care and appropriate assessment of patients with spinal injury is a skill that is expected of all doctors.’
    • ‘Those that have entered the water from a height may also have intra-abdominal, thoracic, and spinal injuries.’
    • ‘Adequate anesthesia can be obtained with an epidural, spinal or pudendal block.’
    • ‘On each side a series of spinal ganglia penetrate the intervertebral foramina.’
    • ‘I had been at a spinal injuries unit for rehabilitation for almost a year, and was being allowed home for weekend leave.’
    • ‘The dorsal root ganglia associated with any one of the lumbar or upper sacral spinal nerves may be doubled.’
    1. 1.1Relating to or forming the central axis or backbone of something.
      ‘the building of a new spinal road’
      • ‘In both you lie prone in the water and rotate the hips around the spinal or long axis while stroking with an alternating arm pattern.’
      • ‘They tended to congregate along the spinal road that led north from Addis where they thought relief would get to them.’
      • ‘This would be impossible if each spinal segment were locked into a single axis of motion.’


Late 16th century: from late Latin spinalis, from Latin spina (see spine).